Writer’s Guide: How to Pace Your Story

Writer’s Guide: How to Pace Your Story

There was a nervous energy rippling through the rows of people. Through the window, I could see the brilliant orange and purple sunset dripping below the horizon. I couldn’t pinpoint the exact moment the airplane started moving, but I could tell we were picking...
The Man with the Golden Pun

The Man with the Golden Pun

A drop of sweat rolled down his forehead, and slid into his eyes. It stung. Mr. Blond sucked in his breath. He turned his head away, making a clandestine attempt to wipe away the sweat before the Judges noticed. One of the judges cleared her throat, “Something...
How Long Does it Take to Write a Book?

How Long Does it Take to Write a Book?

How many hours does it take to write a first draft? The short answer is it should take around 100 hours to finish your first draft. And when I say around, I mean it could take you anywhere from 50 to literally infinite hours, depending on how you write and how...
Writing and the Importance of Imperfection

Writing and the Importance of Imperfection

Let me tell you the truth: You will never write the perfect anything. You will not write the perfect poem, nor the perfect essay. All of your novels will be riddled with flaws and failings and weak writing. Even if you spend eight weeks on your next blog post, it will...